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Book Review - The Book Publishers Toolkit: 10 Practical Pointers for Independent and Self Publishers Vol. 1

Category Book Review The Book Publishers Toolkit: 10 Practical Pointers for Independent and Self Publishers Vol. 1
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While it's easier to get your ideas into a book and available for others these days, there are a different set of problems to deal with in the brave new world of self-publishing. The Book Publishers Toolkit: 10 Practical Pointers for Independent and Self Publishers Vol. 1 by various IBPA contributors is a compilation of articles that address various facets of today's publishing landscape. If you're looking at trying to publish your own book, this is a good read to get an idea of what you should expect and be prepared to do.

Contents: Getting and Using Awards; Tapping Into Twitter Expertise; Let's Hear It for the Long Tail; Acquiring the Right Rights - Will Your Contract Keep Up with the Markets for Your Books?; A Librarian Talks About Choosing Books to Buy; Build a Powerful Platform with a Simple Brand Audit; Marketing Plans for First Books; Why Authors Hate Social Networking, and How to Get Them to Promote Books Online Anyway; Growing Connections That Count; E-book Conversions - Ten Pointers to Ensure Reader Enjoyment (and Minimize E-book Returns; Author Bios

Since this is a compilation, you shouldn't expect that every question you have will be answered or covered in exactly the same way (if at all). That being said, there's a lot of good information here. For instance, I didn't know that the various book awards are potentially as expensive as they are. The information on e-book conversions is a good summary of issues to be aware of, because "one size fits all" isn't true when it comes to conversions to e-book formats. I think my favorite was how librarians go about choosing books. The core information is good, and it's delivered in an understated snarkiness that's perfect to get the points across... don't expect your librarian to view your book as the answer to their budget woes. :)

It's good to remember that pointers are not rules, and your mileage may vary. Going back to the librarian example... Abigail Goben is very clear that just because you give your self-published book to the library does not mean it will get shelf space. On the other hand, Kathleen Welton mentions in Growing Connections That Count says that "librarians are always appreciative of and in need of good books for their collections." True, there are nuances involved due to the roles of each of the writers, but you need to be careful to not assume the second statement is always true. :)

If you're looking at getting your first book out on Amazon or some other venue, it's vital to understand that it is *not* true that "if you write it, they will come." The Book Publishers Toolkit is a good and quick read that will help you set proper expectations and prevent wasting time and opportunities on things that don't matter (or are actually damaging).

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